1 Zigracer 9 months ago So playing Bob Howard's gorgeous Gretsch kit at this year's roundup has inspired me to start playing percussion again. But first, my 1950's Gretsch kit needs a little refurb. Here's the story:I took up the drums and the rest of the percussion instruments starting in 5th grade. After a short while, my Japanese snare drum wouldn't cut it. I needed a proper drum set to play in jazz band, but more importantly, to play like Ringo. So my dad had a friend who had bought a set of drums for his kid years earlier, and the drums were just sitting in the attic. $75.00 later my dad bought me this set from the attic: a 1951 Gretsch drum set in a beautifully yellowed white pearl, with a 24" bass drum and real calfskin bass drum heads. This seemed to work for me for a little while until I saw the new Ludwig Octa Plus sets and the like that my friends were getting in all sparkly colors or stained wood. So like an idiot high school kid, I stripped the yellowed drum wrap (oh how I miss it) and did the world's crappiest sanding and staining job. I even bought a second Slingerland tom and double tom mount and drilled into the bass drum for the new mount. These drums served me through college as well as a little professional playing I did during and right after college.At some point, I started to move away from the drums and took up guitar. The drums sat for many years, only getting use when I wanted to add a drum track to a recording. All the while I've been yearning for that yellowed white pearl.So I'm having them re wrapped either in white pearl or antique white pearl. I may stick with the plain white, because I'm not sure if the antiqued looks properly aged. In a couple of months I should have a new/old set of 1951 Gretsch drums with a couple of minor mods, like a new style Gretsch single tom holder.